Minister Joe O’Brien welcomes funding for Connected Hubs in Fingal 

23rd July, 2021

  • 6 remote working projects in Fingal to benefit
  • Grants ranging from €10,000 to €75,000 for existing hubs & Broadband Connection Points (BCPs)

 

Minister of State for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’Brien TD, today (July 22nd, 2021) welcomed funding from his Department under the Connected Hubs Scheme for projects in Fingal.

The funding will enable existing hubs and broadband connection points to enhance and add capacity to remote working infrastructure.

Grants will also fund measures to assist hubs to deal with COVID related challenges.

The funding will benefit 6 projects in Fingal and will support a wide range of relevant works, including the expansion of existing hubs, installation of privacy booths, access control and security systems, the conversion of existing open plan space to modular offices, and provision of enhanced audio visual, networking and conferencing facilities.

This investment will support the ongoing development of the recently launched National Hub Network – connectedhubs.ie – which already has more than 100 hubs using the platform and 380 hubs mapped.

Welcoming the announcement of successful projects today, Minister O’Brien said:

Connected hubs are ideal locations for people to work remotely, as well as acting as key economic assets for towns and villages.

The increased shift to remote working as a result of the pandemic has provided a golden opportunity for a greater regional distribution of jobs to support a better work life balance for many people in Fingal.

“The investment announced today will provide an increased number of families and individuals with the option to live and work in their communities and to trade time that might otherwise be spent commuting for quality time with their loved ones.  Remote working from hubs and Broadband Connection Points benefitting from this funding will also support local economies and assist in reducing our carbon emissions.”

Examples of successful projects include:

  • €10,000 for Applewood Community Centre, Swords. Project will see the addition of remote working equipment including a wall mounted screen, fold away desks and desk dividers (Perspex screens), office chairs, security keypad and a modular meeting pod.
  • €38,952 for M-Space Malahide. The project will install privacy booths, convert open plan space into a modular office, and install screens between desks, which will allow the hub to operate at 100% capacity.
  • €10,000 for Liam Rodgers Community Centre, Kinsealy. This project will provide a space for local businessmen and women, students, entrepreneurs to work remotely within their locality in a safe friendly welcoming environment. The aim of this project is to provide 6 workstations in the meeting room, socially distanced and Perspex screens where necessary.

Minister O’Brien concluded:

“I am particularly pleased that the projects funded today through my Department will support the ongoing development of the National Hub Network in Fingal. With almost 400 remote working hubs already identified and mapped on connectedhubs.ie, this network will continue to grow and develop over the coming months and years and I would urge all existing and new hubs to become members and take advantage of the ongoing supports which the Network will provide.”

 

Full details of the 117 projects approved for funding under the Connected Hubs Scheme are available on: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/64df6-connected-hubs-fund/

 

The six projects in Fingal County Council receiving funding are:

 

Base Enterprise Centre – €75,000

M-Space Malahide – €38,952

Applewood Community Centre – €10,000

Fingal Liam Rogers Community Centre – €10,000

Tyrellstown Community Centre – €10,000

Luttrellstown Community Centre – €10,000